Past Guest Speakers
As vice president for principal gifts and interim vice president for development central programs, Constance French serves as the OSU Foundation’s chief principal gifts strategist and provides leadership and direction for the Foundation’s principal gifts program, which focuses on the individuals or organizations who have made, or have the capacity to make, transformative investments in the university. Additionally, she provides leadership and direction for the departments of gift planning and foundation relations. Ms. French serves on the foundation’s strategic management team.
Ms French served in several leadership positions over the course of her 30-year career. She held numerous roles over her eight years at the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation (OHSUF) including senior vice president for development, chief operating officer, and interim president. Prior to her time at OHSUF, Ms. French was director at the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine overseeing fundraising for the Brain Sciences (the departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences), the Friends of Medicine Program, and the School of Medicine Alumni Relations and Development Program. From 1996-2002, Ms. French served as the Director of Major Gifts at Smith College which included oversight of major gifts, stewardship, events, and the parents’ fund. Ms. French started her career at Trinity College in Harford, Connecticut and held positions in annual giving, major gifts, and regional programs. Ms. French served as a senior consultant in the global advancement consulting firm GG+A as well as an independent consultant. In those capacities, her primary clients were the Obama Foundation as they planned for the Barack Obama Presidential Center and Portland State University Foundation as interim president.
Ms. French holds a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in religion from Smith College. She has served on the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) Commission on Philanthropy and has presented for CASE, the National Society for Fund Raising Executives, Willamette Valley Development Officers, AFP, and Women in Development.
Ms. French was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Portland Business Journal in 2016 and is a CASE Crystal Apple recognized speaker.
Enrique Gonzalez-Salgado is the Associate Vice President for Philanthropy in the Division of External Relations and Institutional Advancement at Scripps College. More specifically, he oversees planned giving, principal gifts, major gifts, annual giving, foundations, corporate and government relations. Enrique is passionate about access to higher education due to opportunities made available to him. He began his career in philanthropy seventeen years ago, serving as the director of a state-funded, pre-college academic preparation program that encouraged students to seek careers in math, science, and engineering.
Prior to coming to Scripps College, Enrique served as director of development at several higher education institutions, including California State University, Los Angeles, California State University, Fullerton, California State University, San Bernardino, and Harvey Mudd College.
Angelique S.C. Grant, Ph.D. is a senior consultant, vice president and certified diversity recruiter with Aspen Leadership Group. In addition to executive search, Dr. Grant provides counsel in diversity, equity and inclusion practices, fundraising, and nonprofit strategies. Her services include philanthropic strategic thought partnership, building and leading effective, diverse teams, recruitment and retention strategies, diversity audits and assessment, and cultural awareness trainings. She is a certified unconscious bias trainer and facilitator, has been an active speaker for countless industry associations over the years, and has chaired and served as faculty for several conferences across the country.
Dr. Grant recently compiled this expertise into the first comprehensive book on DEI in advancement: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Advancement: A Guide to Strengthening Engagement and Fundraising Through Inclusion (CASE 2020), which she co-authored with ALG's Ron Schiller. It serves as a guidebook for nonprofit teams seeking to move from awareness of DEI to action and sustained behavioral change. It features interviews with philanthropy leaders across all nonprofit sectors, as well as the "DEI Maturity Model," which she developed.
Throughout her 25-year career, Dr. Grant has successfully managed teams to meet fundraising goals in several multi-million dollar campaigns, and two separate billion dollar campaigns. Previously, she served as an Assistant Vice President of Development and Assistant Dean of Medical Advancement, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University. Her extensive experience in higher education advancement has also included roles at Princeton University, Washington State University, and the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.
Dr. Grant is a proud Miami, Florida native. She is a Fulbright Scholar who holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration specializing in Institutional Advancement from Washington State University. She has a M.A. in Communication, specializing in Public Relations and Media Management from Washington State University, and a B.S. degree in Journalism from Florida A&M University.
She is the founder of the South Florida Network of Blacks in Philanthropy and serves on numerous boards, including Our Fund (LGBTQ) Community Foundation, the African American Development Officers (AADO) Network , and the Advisory Committee for Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC). She has been recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in South Florida by Success South Florida Magazine, a Lumina 10 in ICABA Honors South Florida 100 Most Accomplished Blacks Healthcare & Law, and selected as a Top Hat Woman of Achievement Award for Community Empowerment.
Laurel McCombs brings over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector and a passion for the role philanthropy can play in changing the world to her work as a consultant, partner, and trainer. Laurel works closely with clients on a variety of topics, including strategic planning, donor management, board development and more. She has delivered well-received sessions at the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference, CASE-NAIS, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and several local development professional associations. Prior to joining The Osborne Group, she worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America where she coordinated capacity-building support to agencies across the country. Laurel has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and lives in Portland, OR.
William Christopher Clarke
William Christopher "Chris" Clarke is the senior assistant vice president for Trinity College and The Graduate School within the Office of University Development at Duke University. Clarke assumed his role in 2016 and in that capacity oversees a program that represents 80 percent of Duke’s alumni and generates nearly $100M per year in private support for the institution. In 2012, as the associate dean of development for the Pratt School, Clarke planned and led engineering’s Duke Forward Campaign which surpassed its goal of $161.5M hitting $200M one year prior to the close of Duke’s $3.85B campaign.
Before coming to Duke in 2004, Clarke was the director of development and leadership gifts for Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering where he led their $125M campaign. Prior to his role in mechanical engineering, Clarke served Purdue as its associate director of planned giving from 1997 to 2001, when he became the associate director of development for major gifts. In addition to his major gift responsibilities in 1999 – 2001, Clarke also served as the development liaison for Purdue's Black Cultural Center, one of the nation’s premier cultural centers.
An active member of CASE, he has served as the conference chair for both District V in 2001 and District III in 2013. Currently he serves on the board of District III as the Chair-Elect for 2019-21. Clarke holds a master's degree in educational administration and bachelor’s degrees in psychology, sociology and law and society from Purdue University. In 2009, he was the recipient of CASE's Crystal Apple Award for excellence in teaching.
Patty Hill-Callahan leads advancement for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the seven health sciences colleges, including strategy and execution of fundraising, alumni engagement and philanthropic communications. Her responsibilities include the Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, robust programs in Sports Medicine and Neurology and the hospitals. Patty and her team raised more than $1 billion of the university’s $3 billion But for Ohio State campaign, the success of which was celebrated in fall of 2016.
Before joining Ohio State, Patty served as associate vice president for Principal Gifts at Johns Hopkins University. In that role, she led strategic relationships with donors at the $5 million level and above across the institution. That principal gift cohort accounted for achieving 60 percent of the university’s total campaign goal. Earlier in her career, Patty served at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she directed a development program that raised more than $50 million a year.
Patty speaks nationally on such topics as the creation of grateful patient programs and best practices in principal gift fundraising.
Kathryn Van Sickle
Kathryn Van Sickle is a passionate fundraiser, community builder, and storyteller. Currently, she is a major gift officer at Columbia University, and living in New York City. Kathryn is a regional officer representing the University Development team in a central capacity. She is responsible for building and managing a portfolio of major gifts prospects in the northeast region as well as in Philadelphia and Chicago. During her tenure at Columbia, she earned a masters in strategic communications.
Prior to working at Columbia, Kathryn started her career at her alma mater, Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut. She spent her time there working in the annual fund with the leadership giving society. When she is not raising dollars traveling in her current role, she is recording and editing her podcast The Development Debrief.
As an executive coach, organizational development consultant and educator, Rachel works with global executives across multiple industries and has coached more than a thousand leaders to successfully respond to strategic business challenges through expanding their behavioral repertoire, developing and communicating a clear and compelling vision, and more effectively motivating their team or division. She is a core faculty member of the Columbia University Coaching Certification Program and the Gestalt Organization and Systems Development Center.
She takes a systems approach to leadership development and understands that a leader's behavior is both a function of individual personality and the larger organizational context. She has extensive experience using multi-rater feedback with clients and helps leaders step back from their habitual mindsets and behaviors to build awareness and reflect on their style and impact on others. She coaches individual leaders as well as dyads and teams.
Ciporen received her doctorate in adult learning and leadership and her master's degree in organizational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education.